Egg Cartons! (et cetera)

Recently, we learned a little something about paper recycling. According to


“Once the paper is collected it is then:

  • Sorted, graded and delivered to a paper mill.
  • Once at the paper mill it is added to water and then turned into pulp.
  • The paper is then screened, cleaned and de-inked through a number of processes until it is suitable for papermaking. “



The thing about low-grade paper products – like egg cartons – is that the fibers in them are so short that when the pulp is screened, those fibers get washed away with the water. So when you “recycle” your egg cartons, you are really basically just throwing them away.

But we have a solution! Since we’ll be selling eggs in a few months, we would just love donations of your empty egg cartons (assuming you weren’t planning to use them for anything else).  You can drop them by whenever you want, and just leave them by the front door if no one’s home. Or you can save them up and bring them by when you start picking up your boxes.

There are a few other things we could use, if you’ve got ’em:

  • Those plastic film bags from the produce aisle at the grocery store
  • The big plastic boxes with snap-on lids that salad mix comes in
  • Waxed produce boxes (though it’s hard to imagine that anyone just has those lying around)

Some of these things can’t be recycled at all in this area, and anyway, re-use is so much better than recycling!

Our thanks for your help, in advance.


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